Protein partners of the signalling attenuator Sprouty 2
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The aim of this project is determine the biological function(s) of effector proteins in the
activity of the fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) signal attenuator Sprouty 2. The
project will address the following questions:
1: Mapping the interaction between effector proteins and Sprouty 2.
2: Are effectors substrate for Src kinases?
3: Are effectors required for Sprouty mediated attenuation of MAPKinase signalling?
4: Are efffectors required for Sprouty subcellular localisation?
The project will involve molecualr biology, cell biology and protein biochemistry
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Li X, Brunton VG, Burgar HR, Wheldon LM, Heath JK.
FRS2-dependent SRC activation is required for fibroblast growth factor
receptor-induced phosphorylation of Sprouty and suppression of ERK activity.
J Cell Sci. 2004 Dec 1;117(Pt 25):6007-17.
Li X, Wheldon L, Heath JK.
Sprouty: a controversial role in receptor tyrosine kinase signalling pathways.
Biochem Soc Trans. 2003 Dec;31(Pt 6):1445-6.
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